The Friends of Great Swamp NWR host a series of interesting, fun, and educational programs every month. Download the complete Calendar of Events for the current listings.
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Sep
24
Sun
Gardenkeepers Work Day @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us to work in the gardens. Volunteers Needed! Visitor Center.

Sep
28
Thu
Invasive Species Control Work Day @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Help control invasive plant species. Volunteer work days on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month through September. Meet at Visitor Center.

Sep
30
Sat
Fall Roadside Cleanup @ Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Help pick up litter along Refuge Roads. Meet at Refuge Headquarters, 241 Pleasant Plains Road.

Oct
8
Sun
Friends’ Swamp Sitters Host The Big Sit! @ Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road
Oct 8 all-day

Paw PrintLearn more about birds and bird identification during this annual citizen science event. Stop by during the day and join the count—for a little while… or longer! Event takes place at the Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road.

Fall Birding Identification … Migrants, Winter Residents, and Ducks — Second Sunday with Friends @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Oct 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Paw PrintVolunteer Corinne Errico will take us through the basics of bird identification followed by an optional walk to join The Big Sit and practice our skills. For all ages. Bring your binoculars or borrow ours. Visitor Center.

Sunset Walks during National Wildlife Refuge Week @ Bluebird Parking Lot on Pleasant Plains Road
Oct 8 @ 5:30 pm – Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm

Paw PrintJoin us to watch the many species of migrating ducks that descend into the Refuge pools to spend the night. It’s awesome! Easy walk on service roads. Meet at Bluebird Parking Lot, 197 Pleasant Plains Road, Harding Township NJ.

Oct
12
Thu
Special Photographer Walk @ Bluebird Parking Lot on Pleasant Plains Road
Oct 12 @ 5:30 pm

Paw PrintGet out to the impoundments and set up your cameras
early. Reservations required; call 973-425-9510 to sign up.

A special opportunity as part of National Wildlife Refuge Week Sunset Walks.

Oct
13
Fri
Garden Work Day @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join the GardenKeepers for fall cleanup in the gardens. No experience necessary. Visitor Center.

Refuge Ramble — The Bockovens @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Paw PrintThe Bockoven Family farmed this land for over 200 years. Learn about the family with an
indoor slide show followed by an interpretive walk on the Bockoven Trail. Visitor Center.

Oct
20
Fri
Refuge Readers @ Visitor Center, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman. Copies are available for loan. Visitor Center.